Australia Begins Work and Holiday Arrangement with China

September 23, 2015

According to a short statement on 22 September, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, has confirmed that the Australian Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) visa agreement with China has commenced with initial applications filled at its first stage.

As stated in the release, the Work and Holiday visa agreement between Australia and China will allow 5000 young, educated Chinese nationals who are between 18 and 30 years old to enjoy an extended holiday in Australia with the opportunity to experience short term work or study there.

The Australian government sets a cap of 5000 visa places each year under this Australian visa agreement. There will be an initial 1500 visas made available, and the remaining places will be offered throughout 2015-16.

"These 5000 young Chinese people will join the ranks of around 240,000 young people from around the world each year who enjoy a working holiday in Australia," said Minister Dutton.

Applications for the first round were filled within minutes of being made available.

According to Minister Dutton, Australia is one of the first countries that introduced this unique experience for young Chinese people and expects "a point of difference in the very competitive and important Chinese tourism market".

In addition to efforts to improve the growth in tourism from China, the largest source country for visitors to Australia in last financial year, the Australian government has delivered a trial for an online visa lodgement system in China. The trial will be expanded in 2016, along with a trial of 10 year visitor visas, a premium fast-track service and Chinese language support for online visas.

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